Jefferson Davis Hospital
Immense, historic, and incredibly creepy, with a past to rival the scariest ghost story and a foundation literally built right on top of an old cemetery, this bastion of abandoned spookiness sat vacant for over twenty long years behind its razor-wire-topped fence, a beacon to the bravest of urban explorers and ghost hunters for decades.
This landmark built in 1924 and often referred to as one of the most haunted buildings in America, was built atop a burial grounds for confederate soldiers, slaves and city leaders. The Jefferson Davis Hospital sits creepily along the Buffalo Bayou near White Oak Dr. The building was recently renovated and transformed into the Elder Street Artist Lofts.
The downtown landmark formerly occupied by a pharmaceutical company has been rumored of haunts for decades. The story begins with a distracted young pharmacist who suffered a fatal fall down a dark elevator shaft. His wife’s death followed shortly after and allegedly led to the haunting of the building by lost souls in mourning.
Houston’s Spaghetti Warehouse on the corner of Commerce and Travis has been named one of the scariest, haunted places in the nation. The Desel-Boettcher Warehouse was built in the Main Street Market Square Historic District in the early1900’s. The building has served as a produce warehouse, storage for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and as a pharmaceutical warehouse.
Reported experiences: floating objects seen by employees as well as customers; cold moist breezes in bathroom stalls; vibrating salt shakers; shoulder tapping and hair tugging; orbs found in photographs
This nearly ancient bar in Houston’s Historic Downtown District is home to one of the largest on-tap beer selections in the city. It is also rumored to be home to “William”, the apparently gregarious ghost who is said to converse with bar customers from time to time. Bartender Kathy, who didn’t want to use her last name, thinks the Brewery Tap ghost could be the spirit of man killed during Prohibition. She calls him William. If you visit this site, be sure to make your way up to the bar and ask about the photo of the alleged ghost.
Reported experiences: conversations with ghosts; photographs of orbs; ghostly images of men dressed in 40’s attire. interacts with the bartender by moving things and playing Kathy’s Waltz on the jukebox.
Founders Memorial Cemetary
This may seem like an obvious one as most cemeteries possess a certain eeriness. But the Founders Memorial Cemetery houses not only over 800 bodies of cholera victims, but many prominent figures in Houston as well.
Reported experiences: visible face of Robert Barr on his grave; full-bodied ghosts walking the premises
Julie Ideson Building
Houston’s main library from 1926 to 1976, the Juia Ideson Building is now a wing of the Houston Public Library’s Central (downtown) branch. The Ideson building houses six floors of archives and what many believe to be a ghost and his canine companion.
Mr. Cramer was loner who lived in a basement apartment beneath the library. After working all day he found companionship in Pete and his ever-present violin. Seldom did a night pass when Mr. Cramer didn’t stroll through the building playing beautiful melodies on his instrument, eventually making his way to the ornate rotunda where he would perform one man concerts late into the night. It was said that his lilting version of the “Blue Danube Waltz” could bring a man to tears.
Jacob Cramer, the building’s live-in janitor and violinist, died in his basement quarters in 1936. His ghost (and the ghost of his dog, Petey) are said to haunt the building even today.
Reported Experiences: sounds of violin music; sound of dog’s nails clicking against marble floors
The Wunsche Bros. Cafe
The Wunsche Bros. Cafe and Saloon building located at 103 Midway, has served many purposes throughout the past 100 years, including a rail station, brothel and the now well-known restaurant. The first two-story building in the town’s history, the Wunsche Bros. Cafe remains one of the oldest remaining buildings in Old Town Spring. Legend has it that part-owner Charlie Wunsche who was brutally jilted by his love interest later returned to haunt the building and its visitors. It is said that many have seen an apparition of “Old Man Wunsche” on the upstairs balcony. And several waitresses who have worked there over the years have also claimed to have seen him.
The Wunsche Brothers, railroad men themselves, built the Wunsche Bros. Hotel and Saloon to accommodate railroad employees overnight. In 1923, Houston and Great Northern (now called Missouri Pacific) moved the Spring rail yard to Houston. By 1926 most of the town’s wood buildings were salvaged for barn construction and firewood. The Wunsche Bros. Cafe and Saloon was the first two-story building erected in Spring and remains today the oldest survivor of the past.
The building is in its original location. The tracks run right across the street. It was a saloon/restaurant/boardinghouse in its early days. There is a story that has been passed down through the generations of locals that Charlie Wunsche fell in love with a young woman who didn’t love him in return. She jilted him and he ended up a rather crusty old man, who in turn has become a crusty old ghost. The restaurant was remodeled a few years back to add extra dining space and it is said that Charlie has been on a rampage on the second floor.
Managers and employees prefer not to discuss Charlie as he has done some nasty and uncalled for things to them, such as locking them out of the building. Another story is that shortly after Charlie’s death, a young artist stayed in the room where Charlie died. The man awoke in the middle of the night to see an old man staring at him from across the room. The artist drew a charcoal sketch of the old man and asked the owner of the building if they could identify who he had drawn (hoping to identify the man who had interrupted his sleep). The old man was immediately identified as Uncle Charlie Wunsche.
Reported experiences: sightings of Charlie in his former hotel room; employees being locked out of the building; sightings of Charlie on the balcony of the café